Monday, June 2, 2014

More pedestrian carnage in New Haven

A round-up of recent reports on the continuing trend of pedestrians being hit and nearly killed, or killed, in New Haven. New Haven Safe Streets will follow up to see if the pedestrians involved have survived.

Pedestrian critical after being struck in New Haven 
March 27, 2014 (New Haven Register)
A male pedestrian is in critical condition after being struck by a car at North Frontage Road and College Street early Thursday morning. (This is the same intersection where a Yale-affiliated researcher was run over and killed while crossing this area of Route 34 in 2009 - see for coverage. The area is now under heavy construction as the future global headquarters of Alexion Pharmaceuticals).

Pedestrian Struck in New Haven 
May 1, 2014 (NBC)
A pedestrian suffered minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle in the 200 block of Main Street in New Haven this morning. 

Motorcyclist Strikes Elderly Pedestrian 
May 6, 2014 (New Haven Independent)
A 73-year-old man was apparently crossing against a Don’t Walk signal at Whalley and Orchard around 8:20 p.m. Monday when a motorcyclist hit him—and may end up having killed him. The pedestrian, Willie Gay, was pushing a shopping cart across the roadway when the motorcyclist—a Waterbury man with a female passenger—struck him, according to Hartman. Gay was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where his condition is considered critical and his injuries life-threatening. The motorcyclist and passenger were treated at the scene for minor injuries. The police did not charge the motorcyclist with an offense. (See for an article about pedestrian safety in this area)

Pedestrian struck by car in New Haven 
May 22, 2014 (WTNH)
A pedestrian crossing a busy New Haven intersection was struck by a car Thursday morning. The pedestrian was hit in a crosswalk at the intersection of Church and Elm streets, just before 10 a.m. Witnesses tell News 8 this was almost a hit and run. They say people who saw the car hit the pedestrian also stopped the car from getting away. "He came and last second he tried to tap the breaks," said Art Voivin of Watertown. "But there was a gentleman there, one guy jumped out of the way. That guy got hit, did a cartwheel on his head. Then the car seemed to try to take off." Witnesses pointed to a dark blue Honda parked about halfway down the next block as the car involved in the incident. Elm and Church streets were shut down for about an hour. Police would not say if the driver was arrested and have yet to release a cause. Emergency officials arrived on scene to find the man lying face down in front of the courthouse. He was transported to a hospital where police said he is excepted to recover. Witnesses say the traffic light was still red when the victim was crossing the street.

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